Due to all the negative talk among conservatives about Chicago politics, the fact that Hillary Clinton was born in Chicago may not be a feather in her cap. In addition, she started out as a Republican, supporting Barry Goldwater, a conservative whose views now would be considered directly opposite of Hillary’s. In 1968, after hearing Martin Luther King, Jr., she became a Democrat.
Graduating from Yale, Hillary Clinton is an extremely well-educated attorney. She and Bill Clinton were married in 1975. Her career as an attorney and politician has been surrounded in controversy. In 1992, President Bill Clinton assigned Hillary to lead a task force on national health reform. The plan was so complicated that it was never voted on in Congress and finally abandoned in 1994.
During the early 1990s, Hillary and President Clinton invested in the Whitewater real estate project. Morgan Guaranty Savings and Loan, the bank used by the project, failed and wound up costing the Federal Government $73 million. Congressional hearings along with an independent counsel conducted an investigation.
During her campaign for New York Senator, she was accused of carpet bagging since she was not a resident of New York. However, she won re-election to the Senate in 2006.
In 2008, running to be the first woman president, she conceded to Barack Obama who almost immediately appointed her Secretary of State. In 2012, once again, controversy arose, this time over the incident in Benghazi, Libya. The U.S. ambassador, Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed on the anniversary of September 11. There were rumors that extra security should have been afforded diplomats because of this anniversary. Scheduled to testify in Congress about the incident, Hillary Clinton cancelled due to a virus. Dehydration led to fainting which caused a concussion. In December 2012, she was put in the hospital for a blood clot caused by the concussion. Remarks were made in Congress that these health issues were an excuse not to testify.
Finally in January 2013, Hillary gave her testimony on Benghazi. The question she asked, “Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they’d go kill some Americans? What difference, at this point, does it make?” might go down in history as one of the most infamous statements ever made by a Secretary of State. Conservatives said that it might make a big difference to the families of those dead Americans.
Many questions have been left unanswered, such as why did she change from Republican to Democrat? How much did her health care reform plan contribute to the present Affordable Care Act? What happened in the Whitewater investment debacle that caused the project’s bank to be bailed out by the Federal Government? What was she doing during the Benghazi incident and what part did she play? Due to these controversies and Hillary Clinton’s seemingly lack of compassion about the Benghazi attack, the choice of her as president would be a disaster.